In order to understand Aperture Priority, you must know what aperture is. Aperture is the photography term that refers to the size of the camera’s lens opening at the time a photo is taken. It is one of the three factors that determines how much light is allowed to enter the camera, the others being the shutter speed and ISO.
By way of example, let’s say you are in a room with a single window, the only source of light for that room. If the window is quite large you get lots of light. If, however, the window is very small, you will get much less light in your room.
Love Those Great Pictures? Learn From Your Mistakes
Every one of us who own a digital camera wants to be able to use it to get the “WOW” pictures. The ones that cause viewers’ jaws to drop and exclaim the brilliance of the photographer (you).
Digital SLR cameras are an important factor in the equation to get consistently good photos, but they do not guarantee great results.
It’s true. While we would love to think that plunking down a few hundred in cash to buy that amazing DSLR will guarantee our status in the Hall Of Fame Of Great Photographers, it takes more than just a good camera.
There are some steps you can take toward getting better pictures more often.
In fact, if you just know some of the major mistakes that are made.. some of the things you should avoid.. you will be much better off. With that in mind, here are some of the mistakes to be aware of as a digital photographer.
They are nemesis of all new and intermediate photographers.
They are disturbing, discouraging, and demoralizing.
Today, we learn what causes blurry photos so we can take steps to banish them forever.. or at least reduce them significantly.
Truth is, even the pros have to deal with blurry photos at times. We never see their mistakes, though, so we think they take great shots every time they press the shutter button. Not so. We only see their good stuff.
Knowledge is king!
Knowing what causes pictures to come out blurry is half the battle. Once you know why, you can take steps to fix the problems.
Buying a digital camera is a major purchase for most of us, especially if you are looking to buy a digital SLR. So thinking about the right camera is a good idea before dropping in at your local Best Buy or Target and exiting with a camera in your shopping bag.
Impulse buying is not a good strategy when it comes to cameras.
Where do you start?
Many individuals who are looking for a digital camera are asking the question, “Which camera should I buy?”
I’m not a camera scientist. Let’s get that out of the way. This is just a layman’s test of the HDR setting on the Canon Rebel T4i.
I have had my Canon Rebel T4i for a few weeks now, and I have been dragging my feet on trying out the two new mode positions: Handheld Night Scene and HDR Backlight Control.
I totally recommend using all your camera settings so you know what they do and which ones you like. It’s good to experiment with dial choices so you know which ones you like and don’t like.
Decided to go out in the yard and give the HDR mode a try. It’s kind of gloomy here, which makes for a very strong contrast between the white sky and trees. This is usually a tough situation for the camera.
Macro is my favorite shooting style. My T3i and T4i make great macro images (sometimes photoshop comes into the equation, too), and I look like a nature photographer.
It’s all about appearances, right?
So here is a butterfly that showed up today. I have been waiting for these guys.. seems like they are late, but I finally got one on my butterfly bush this morning.
Pretty sweet, huh? You can see why I like doing this kind of photography.
Close by, there was some phlox with awesome light, so I snapped that as well.
Now, you may be asking why I did not use the new Canon Rebel T4i to shoot these photos, right?
Answer: I was outside working in the yard when the swallowtail showed up.. I was sweaty and dirty, and my T4i was upstairs, but my T3i was in the basement. So I grabbed the closest one. Image quality is the same with both in bright light. No problem.
OK, I own them both, the Rebel T4i AND the Canon Rebel T3i.
Why? Good question.
I think the plan is to sell the old one, but it’s so hard to part with old friends. Actually, the T3i is not all that old. I got it about a year and a half ago.
It has been an awesome camera. I bought it just to try it out. My plan was to send it back before the month was up (Amazon has a great return policy). But I still have it because it turned out to be an amazing camera.